The school nurse may perform random head lice checks periodically as well as check students and their classrooms when called upon.  The principal or other designated staff may also perform head lice checks as needed.  When any child is found to have lice and/or eggs (nits), the student will be sent home from school, or a letter will be sent home from school with the student.  This letter will contain information about head lice, transmission, treatment, removal, and follow up care.


The student must be treated for lice, and all lice and eggs must be removed before the student may return to school.  An appointment must be made with the school nurse in order to be rechecked for lice/eggs and cleared for return to school.  This appointment should be made as soon as possible in order to get students back in school.  If the school nurse is unavailable, the principal or other designated staff at each school must check the student’s head before admitting the student back in school.


Adequate treatment/removal of lice/eggs can be achieved in a few days.  The student is allowed a maximum of five excused days following the date a letter was sent home with the student for head lice treatment and lice and egg removal.  Continued absenteeism after five (5) excused days must be approved as extenuating circumstances by the appropriate school authorities.


Adopted:  December 13, 2005



Ref:     La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§17:81, 17:170

Health and Safety, Bulletin 135, Louisiana Department of Education


Richland Parish School Board